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  • Job growth is robust in June; unemployment rate falls to 6.1%

    U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to a six-year low of 6.1%, the government reported Thursday. The net job growth in June exceeded analysts' expectations and signaled a strengthening labor market as the...
  • Why interest rates may stay very low for a lot longer

    Since the financial crash of 2008, one of the biggest guessing games in the U.S. economy and markets has centered on interest rates — and when they would finally rise from the historic lows that followed the Great Recession. But year after year,...
  • California minimum wage up; policymakers push for further increases

     California minimum wage up; policymakers push for further increases
    California's low-wage workers now have a little more money to pay their rent, see a doctor or hold an occasional backyard barbecue, now that the Fourth of July has come and gone. The state's minimum wage rose one dollar Tuesday to $9 an hour. The...
  • Debate grows over value of lower unemployment rate

    Debate grows over value of lower unemployment rate
    You just can't make everyone happy. Now that the jobs picture is starting to look more encouraging for households trying to make ends meet, you'd think analysts would be joyful about more people having more money in their pockets to spend. But that's...
  • Consumer confidence up slightly amid better views of personal finances

    Consumer confidence up slightly amid better views of personal finances
    Consumer confidence rose slightly this month as Americans reported the strongest gains in their personal financial situation in seven years, according to results of a leading private survey released Friday. The consumer sentiment index from the...
  • Hinsdale D86 teacher contract talks continue

    Hinsdale D86 teacher contract talks continue
    The current teachers' contract in Hinsdale Township High School District 86 expires Monday, but contract negotiations are scheduled throughout July. Teachers and board representatives met on June 26 and have set additional days for contract talks to...
  • 7 of 8 District 34 schools to see improvements

    7 of 8 District 34 schools to see improvements
    About $5 million in work is underway in Glenview Elementary School District 34 to repair roofs, repave parking lots and sidewalks, replace emergency generators and lights and other projects. Improvements, which kicked off when the school year ended, are...
  • Highest gas prices since 2008 expected for July 4th weekend

    Highest gas prices since 2008 expected for July 4th weekend
    With gas prices on the rise again, West Baltimore resident Coralee Penner says she may sell the "gas-guzzling" Hummer H3 she's driven since 2007. Penner said she's considering replacing her SUV with a more compact car to save on gas. In the meantime,...
  • District 203 reaches deal with maintenance union

    District 203 reaches deal with maintenance union
    Naperville Unit District 203 has inked a four-year contract with its custodians and maintenance workers. The school board approved the deal Monday for 147 members of the Naperville Unit Maintenance Association. In the first year, employees will...
  • Fourth of July busiest, deadliest time on Illinois roads

    Fourth of July busiest, deadliest time on Illinois roads
    Traffic may seem lighter than usual during the commuter work week, but it is expected to increase on the holiday weekend. AAA estimates 2.3 million Illinoisans will be traveling for the holiday weekend, a 2.2 percent increase from 2013, and two million of...
  • Hinsdale teachers vote to strike? Really?

    Hinsdale teachers vote to strike? Really?
    One of Illinois' most successful high school districts is in the midst of a power struggle: teachers vs. the school board. Teachers at Hinsdale Township High School District 86, which includes Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central high schools, voted to...